- Cindy Wooden
- May 19, 2021
In guidelines for the application of Pope Francis’s “Amoris Laetitia”, the bishops of Malta say that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who, with “an informed and enlightened conscience,” believe they’re at peace with God,”cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments.”
If there is one candidate to be an unchanging institution in the Vatican, a safe bet would be its venerable newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. At least until this week, when there is a new, Argentine edition mixing Roman with local content. And its editor isn’t even Catholic.
Holly Peterson, director of communications for Communion and Liberation in New York, said the event, now in its ninth year, hopes to provide “a place of dialogue and friendship with everyone and anyone, in the heart of the city.”
Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau will take the reins of the Diocese of Dallas, the Vatican announced on Tuesday December 13. He will replace Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who moved to Rome to take over the role of head of the Vatican dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Visiting northern Iraq recently, the Syriac Catholic patriarch was horrified by the destruction and the empty villages. What was once a thriving community of 100,000 Christians on the Ninevah Plains has been all but eradicated by Islamic State — along with churches and community centers.
In a wide-ranging off-the-cuff question-and-answer session with Jesuit delegates in Rome, Pope Francis had two big topics on his mind: the decline of politics, and the rise of rigidity in seminaries.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has suggested that some media were guilty of fostering a climate of fear of refugees ahead of the June 23 referendum that resulted in a surprise vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Attitudes have hardened, he said, making it harder for humane solutions.
“I’m a traditional priest and bishop, and I have great regard and respect for Pope Francis. If they want to construe this as somehow I’m not with Pope Francis, that’s crazy. I enjoy Pope Francis; I think he’s doing some marvelous things for the church.”